On May 27, the Ministry of Transport(MOT) held a regular press conference for May, mainly briefing on the “14th Five-Year” development general plan related to the maritime system. Sun Wenjian, a spokesman for MOT, said that by 2025, a dynamic management pattern of all-factor “water traffic management” would initially be formed throughout the country.
Sun Wenjian said that the maritime system is an important part of the integrated transport system and an important law enforcement force for waters in China. It is also based on the importance of the maritime system that the MOT compiled the “14th Five-Year Development Plan for the Maritime System” in accordance with the relevant spirit of the Party Central Committee and the State Council, the requirements of the Outline for the Construction of a Strong Transportation Country and the Outline for the National Comprehensive Three-dimensional Transportation Network Planning, as well as a series of requirements of the “14th Five-Year Comprehensive Transportation Planning”. This is an important part of the “14th Five-Year” comprehensive transportation development plan, a programmatic document guiding the development of maritime in the next five years, and an action guidance for overall promotion of the construction of first-class maritime.
In terms of development goals, we should promote the construction of an integrated water transportation support system of “land, sea, air and space”, and by 2025, that is, at the end of the 14th Five-Year Plan, we will initially form a dynamic management and control pattern of all-factor water traffic management, laying a solid foundation for the construction of five first-class maritime. In terms of key projects, during the 14th Five-Year Plan period, the key projects in the maritime field include the following aspects, such as key projects of navigation support, key projects of protecting and cleaning the water environment, major projects of equipment and facilities, etc.
The National People’s Congress deliberated and promulgated the revised Maritime Traffic Safety Law and the MOT, jointly with many other departments, issued the Guiding Opinions on Strengthening the Construction of High-quality Seafarer Team, which provided multi-channel optimization guarantee for the development of China’s maritime traffic.
Sun Wenjian said that up till now, there are 1.76 million registered seafarers in China, including 610000 seafarers for ships of international voyages, 230000 seafarers for ships of coastal voyages and 920000 seafarers for ships sailing in inland rivers. There are more than 1.7 million seafarers guaranteeing China's economic import and export development situation and trend.
Sun Wenjian further indicated that MOT will coordinate the resources of the government, market and society, promote the formulation of relevant supporting policies, and firmly promote the construction of high-quality seafarers.
Source: 21st Century Business Herald